Why This Blog: My Story

In Feb of 1971… okay, we don’t have to go back that far, but I thought I’d give you a glimpse of who I am and why I’ve started this little blog.

I have worked in public health for nearly fifteen years on a variety of issues: child health and safety, HIV prevention, and – my passions – nutrition and physical fitness. I have done some great work in my career and picked up some really good skills along the way, but funding gets cut and grants and contracts end, sometimes even before any positive feedback is seen or heard. In January of this year, I found myself on the unemployment line, again – the second time in three years. While I was excited to have time to work on my own fitness goals, I was unclear about what was next, fairly certain that my talents were being wasted sitting at a desk all day working mostly by myself and not knowing for certain that the work I was doing was making a difference.

Issues of obesity and related diseases, such as diabetes, have always been supporting cast members in my life. My own personal journey has been a lifetime of weight struggles. I defiantly stare down an eating disorder and a family history of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and depression – all things that drive my intense passion for educating myself and others. Lucky for me, I also am addicted to a fun, sweaty workout! I started teaching fitness classes seven years ago because I love leading and motivating others to be healthy, but it was also the excuse I used to continue being a compulsive overeater. It didn’t matter because “I work out; I’m healthy.” But I wasn’t really and I knew if I didn’t change my ways, I would be another link in that family history. I had to walk the talk.

My relationship with food changed drastically a few years ago when I spent a summer in Colombia, South America – a country where people didn’t eat with the abundance that North Americans do. The first couple of weeks were difficult as my body adjusted, but I saw that I was surviving on much smaller portions of food – that I could survive – and my food anxieties began to dissipate. As anyone who struggles with addiction knows, recovery is a lifelong process taken one day at a time.

There have been many ups and downs in the past 10 months, and as I come to a new fork in the road of my life, I have decided to take the one I have traveled the least: the road of risk-taking, the road of uncertain stability. I’ve come a long way in the past few years, finally prioritizing me and my health. I still struggle to meet my own goals but I’ve managed to cut that weight loss goal nearly in half. I’ve also learned a lot along the way about my body, especially as I recover from injuries – most of all, I’m amazed at what my body CAN do, and what it gets better at doing as my fitness level improves.

These are the experiences I want to share with others. I believe that what we put out, we get back. If I share what I know and what struggles I’ve managed, hopefully it will help someone else conquer their own struggles. And, I hope that if I share something that I am struggling with, someone who’s conquered that or found a way to manage it, will share with me their strategies so that I might become better. Each triumph and struggle makes us grow and become just a little stronger.

That being said, please refer back to blog entry Sports Injuries & Patience. Ahhh, patience!

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One Response to “Why This Blog: My Story”

  1. Anonymous says:

    girl, you are awesome and this blog is great! i am just starting weight watchers and hoping to at least shed a BIT of the weight i've gained since quitting smoking (so, like, yay me on that one, right?). you inspire me! xoxo ames

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